Obama knows the American people oppose any action in Syria. To avoid damaging his fellow Democrats in 2014 and 2016, he needs bipartisan cover for his actions.
The Republicans in Congress, however, have different groups. Some, like John McCain and Lindsey Graham, are nothing but cheerleaders for executive power, and even more for war. Since Obama needs GOP support, suddenly McCain has leverage on Obama.
How is he using that leverage? While Obama had promised merely punitive strikes that would be limited and not entangle the US, and especially ground troops, in a war, McCain is forcing Obama to change his tune and expand US involvement!
“In an hour-long meeting at the White House, said Mr. McCain, Republican of Arizona, Mr. Obama gave general support to doing more for the Syrian rebels, although no specifics were agreed upon. Officials said that in the same conversation, which included Senator Lindsey Graham, the South Carolina Republican, Mr. Obama indicated that a covert effort by the United States to arm and train Syrian rebels was beginning to yield results: the first 50-man cell of fighters, who have been trained by the C.I.A., was beginning to sneak into Syria. There appeared to be broad agreement with the president, Mr. McCain and Mr. Graham said, that any attack on Syria should be to “degrade” the Syrian government’s delivery systems. Such a strike could include aircraft, artillery and the kind of rockets that the Obama administration says the forces of President Bashar al-Assad used to carry out an Aug. 21 sarin attack in the Damascus suburbs that killed more than 1,400 people.”
Anything that actually effectively “degrades” Assad’s capabilities will exceed the mythical number of over 1,400 deaths. If it actually makes Assad fear he is losing, then it will make a chemical attack more likely.
Furthermore, those trained fighters are most likely Al Qaeda related terrorists. If not, then they will be backing other such terrorists in Syria. This is evil and hypocritical. Anyone who reads the news knows we are supporting these foreign Jihadists but the Administration pretends that there are good freedom-loving secular tolerant Syrian forces that will somehow come out on top of this war. No doubt, if Assad is defeated and Syria falls to Al Qaeda, the administration will shed crocodile tears and claim that terrorists “hijacked” the revolution—just like they claimed happened in Libya.
In the meantime, Kerry has “opened the door” to American ground troops dying in the conflict. All this because we must not “be spectators.” Then why are we supposed to be spectators while terrorists eat hearts and livers of their enemies on YouTube? Worse, we’re not merely spectators to these raping, exterminating anti-Christian psychopaths; we are actively supporting them.
John McCain should be arrested as a material supporter for terrorism. The sooner the Tea Party can kick him out of the Senate the better.